Off-road: double the risk, triple the happiness

Suzuki Dr650 Tour in South America

Riding off-road requires a great deal of skill, experience, and knowledge of the terrain. Riders must be able to navigate through challenging terrain, including rocky and uneven surfaces, and anticipate obstacles such as fallen trees, deep mud, or water crossings… sounds really good right? challenging could be the word that describes it best. However, the risk of accidents and injuries is higher than regular riding, as the terrain is unpredictable and there is often no protection from other vehicles or barriers. Despite the risks, off-road is a popular activity that attracts many enthusiasts. It offers a sense of adventure and independence that cannot be experienced on regular roads. Off-road riders often cite the thrill of conquering challenging obstacles and the sense of accomplishment that comes with it. Additionally, off-road riding provides a unique opportunity to connect with nature, explore remote areas, and experience the outdoors in a way that is impossible on regular roads… is also a good way of relieving stress. This is not for all, as you have to accept the fact that you and your bike will be eating dirt at some point, you have to fall down countless times and have enough strength to get up and move forward on your ride. Be prepared to watch your bike all covered in mud or dirt, and be a little injured and sore at some point of the journey. Worth it? Sure, by all means, you will feel all of them as war wounds.Most bikers who come to Ecuador for a Motorcycle tour, have in their plans to do some off-road. As this country is perfect for this purpose with its mountains, valleys, dirt tracks etc. None of this matters, if you don’t have the right bike to support you all the way.

So today… we are not gonna talk about the rider, we will be talking about our -Tin Pal-. How to choose between a wide variety of brands, models and sizes. For us, KTM and Suzuki are the main characters of this story.

If you’re an off-road enthusiast and you’re looking for the best motorcycle to meet your needs, and expectations, you may have considered KTM. With over 60 years of experience in manufacturing motorcycles, KTM is a well-known and respected brand in this market. Reasons? Plenty

They were designed specifically for this type of adventure, KTM engineers have dedicated years of research and development to create a motorcycle that can withstand the rigors of off-road riding. From the ground clearance to the suspension system, every aspect of these bikes is optimized for a rough usage. Not to mention their lightweight and agility, making them perfect for navigating through beaten trails and steep inclines. When it comes to control, their lightweight helps the ride in difficult terrain, allowing quick reactions and balance maintenance. KTM are equipped with powerful engines that deliver sufficient torque and horsepower to tackle even the toughest roads. Upgraded suspension systems designed to provide excellent performance, one great advantage is the adjustability, allowing riders to fine-tune the ride to suit their specific needs. This brand has done anything and everything to use quality components to build their bikes, designed to withstand the demands of adventure riders. 

Another good choice is the Suzuki Dr650, a good looking dual sport bike. What else can I say about the design of this beauty? It looks simple, utilitarian and rugged, giving us nostalgic memories of the 80s designs… Most of us can say that it’s a versatile and reliable bike that has been a favorite among adventure riders for decades. It’s amazing how easy this bike takes any type of roads, making every adventure a smooth path, it’s equally at home on dirt roads, gravel paths, and rocky terrain as it is on the highway. Dr650 is also known for its lightweight structure compared to other ADVenture bikes, making it really easy for riders to handle and maneuver in tight spots. Powered with a durable engine that can handle long-distance rides and challenging terrain, is a 644cc, air-cooled, four-stroke single cylinder engine producing 43hp and 47 ft lbs of torque, most of it accessible in the lower rev range, not so impressive numbers, but keep in mind the DR only weighs 366lbs. As with most single cylinders, you will expect some vibration on highways.   It has a great ground clearance that allows the bike to ride easily over rocks, logs and other obstacles without getting stuck or damaging the bike. 

Our final verdict on this is that, in any case, no matter if a KTM or Suzuki… they both meet the highest standards from the pickiest off-road adventurers! 

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